Healthy Stress Foods to Calm You Down

Yes, there is such a thing as healthy stress foods.

Instead of turning to icecream, cookies, chips and candy. Here’s some healthy options that will do it better for your belly and your mind!

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Oatmeal is such a great bedtime snack because high tryptophan levels induce feelings of calm, and the melatonin in oats helps you stay asleep. To make things even better, oatmeal has high amounts of B6 and magnesium, making for a very soothing food. Add some flaxseed for omega-3s, and you’ve made yourself a bowl of calm. Try these oatmeal recipes or overnight oats.


Tofu has vitamin B1, tons of tryptophan, and high levels of magnesium and omega-3s; try it as the base for this vanilla protein shake and sip your way to serenity, with a natural boost of nonjittery energy from iron.

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Chia seeds are an excellent de-stresser. They have even more tryptophan per ounce than turkey, and they’re loaded with magnesium. Try this delicious chia pudding for dessert or breakfast for a quick surge of relaxation.

This powerful leafy green can be made into salads, juices, or blended into a smoothie. It’s chock-full of magnesium and B vitamins, meaning it’ll help you feel relaxed and stress free.

Salmon is a de-stress superfood, and a go-to for anxiety and depression relief. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, extremely high in B vitamins, loaded with magnesium, and even has a small amount of tryptophan. You can get salmon nearly year round and stock your freezer with frozen filets for a quick, bakeable dinner that’ll help you unwind at the end of a stressful day.

Shellfish are just as tryptophan-rich as turkey, and shrimp in particular is packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding prawns to your zoodles for a lighter take on shrimp scampi that’ll have you feeling relaxed, full, and healthy.

For the same reasons as tofu, soybeans make an excellent anti-anxiety snack. In 100 grams, you’ll get more than double your recommended daily intake of tryptophan, with about 300 milligrams of omega-3s. Try any of these healthy edamame recipes for relaxing, stress-reducing eats.

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